As someone whose business is words I can't help but weigh up the merits of the two that underpinned the UK Referendum. 'Leave' is active, dynamic, a bright red, sexy word. One syllable. Direct. Confident. 'Remain' is somewhat limp and passive, two unbalanced syllables, a hiccup then a drone, a slightly faded, left out in the sun kind of a word. I wonder…
Posted: Fri 24th Jun 2016
@bluecat_6 thank you kind cat
Posted: 26th August 2016 @ 2:10 pm
The lower price on Solomon is about to end so pls share if you know anyone who might want to grab it https://t.co/PsJ0xFIMLK
Posted: 26th August 2016 @ 11:19 am
@JayECrawford He's American isn't he? Maybe not. Simon Toyne seems such an un-GOT name to me. Good look with your writing/research
Posted: 26th August 2016 @ 11:18 am
@JayECrawford glad you enjoyed it as much as we all did.
Posted: 25th August 2016 @ 9:28 am
Posted: 25th August 2016 @ 9:28 am
@raysmith24 Fast work. Enjoy. :)
Posted: 23rd August 2016 @ 8:13 pm
@raysmith24 I hope it happens. Solomon Creed is being developed for TV in the US as we speak. Short chapters too. You'll like it. :)
Posted: 23rd August 2016 @ 7:44 am
@raysmith24 The Tower wraps it all up in a, hopefully pleasing and uplifting, sciencey/spiritua way. Then you can read Solomon Creed :)
Posted: 23rd August 2016 @ 5:58 am
@buttonsq thank you. Unfortunately you'll have to wait for the next one because it's not out until April 2017. Have you read my others? :)
Posted: 21st August 2016 @ 6:32 am
The bookish version of glass half empty versus glass half full. Do you agree?
Posted: 25th August 2016 @ 9:39 am
Dare you enter - the deadliest garden in the world? View link
Locked behind black steel doors in Northumberland, England, the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle grows around 100 infamous killers. From deadly nightshade to ...
Posted: 23rd August 2016 @ 8:47 am
Baby bringing beer - best moment of my day. What's yours?
Posted: 22nd August 2016 @ 4:28 pm
This is why I write but why do you read?
Posted: 21st August 2016 @ 5:29 pm
A reader just left me a lovely private message and asked if it was worth posting reviews on Amazon. I said "yes" - the picture explains why. So if you have read and enjoyed any of my books, I would be forever grateful if you took two seconds to review them. A single line is enough. It all helps spread the word and keep me in pens.
Posted: 20th August 2016 @ 1:57 pm
A little something to lift your Friday. View link
Find out more at View link The Beach Boys' masterpiece God Only Knows remade with the help of a few friends to celebrate the launch of BBC M...
Posted: 19th August 2016 @ 7:52 am
Posted: 18th August 2016 @ 1:34 pm
I've noodled around with slo-mo this summer, filming my 4 year old jumping in the pool on my iPhone - but this short film takes it to a whole new level. Pour yourself a drink, put it on full screen and enjoy.
You'll want to watch this slow-motion cliff dive.
Posted: 17th August 2016 @ 3:06 pm
This one goes out to everyone who responded to yesterday's post. View link
This is ""Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes.mp4" by on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
Posted: 16th August 2016 @ 7:41 am
I'm in the nit-picking forensic zone of second draft edits on the new Solomon Creed book and it's got me thinking about words and phrases that get on your nerves. So what are your fingernail on blackboard phrases? I'll start by suggesting 'quite nice' (which in the UK is damning with the faintest of praise but I know means something better in the US) and also 'been there, done that'. Over to you...
Posted: 15th August 2016 @ 12:37 pm
There's a pic doing the FB rounds of earth taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It's beautiful. Have a look at it. Except it's fake. I did a ton of research on Hubble for The Tower so I knew it couldn't be real. Hubble is not in fixed orbit for one thing so any picture of the earth would be streaked. Also the lenses on it are designed to focus at the furthest edges of the universe not things relatively close up. That was the whole theme of my book. Here's an article that explains the science of this photograph and Hubble in a bit more detail if anyone's interested. It's still a beautiful image though. View link
Posted: 14th August 2016 @ 7:54 am
In Binge Watch News: Just finished watching this. It's getting a lot of hype and I would say it's mostly deserved, especially for the kids' performances which are extraordinary. The best way I can describe it is to say it's as if Stephens King and Spielberg got together in the eighties and made a TV series. It's also got Matthew Modine in it reminding us all that he exists and Winona Ryder being hysterical for eight hours (which does get annoying quite rapidly). Highlights are the girl who plays Eleven, who looks a bit like River Phoenix and is just as talented, and the most useless example of a father since Peppa Pig's dad. My question is - what do I watch now?
Posted: 12th August 2016 @ 10:43 am
I have found my new mantra. Remind you of anyone you know?
Posted: 10th August 2016 @ 3:08 pm
Stan has decided to be Bane for the day. It's edging towards 90 degrees outside. How long do you think he'll last? #ItIsntEasyBeingBad
Posted: 10th August 2016 @ 10:40 am
I posted this earlier in the week but due to Facebook Doofosity on my part I now realise the settings meant hardly any of you saw it. So here it is again. Pure happiness for me is watching my four year old fling herself into the pool on a hot day. Tell me your definition of pure joy.
Posted: 9th August 2016 @ 6:11 pm
This headline and photograph was all it took to finish me. View link
Arthur Thomas, who received the donated heart of Jeni Stepien’s father, traveled from New Jersey to a town in Pennsylvania for her big day.
Posted: 9th August 2016 @ 11:21 am
There's something endlessly fascinating about watching the creative process and when you get a glimpse of a master at work it's spellbinding. Sinatra makes the recording of this classic seem effortless but you can see the control and the concentration and the technique at work, the limbering up to knock off the rough edges of his voice, the cigarette to calm the nerves and smoke the voice up a little, the impatient desire to record one when he's ready, then the long, silent breaths between phrases to support the voice through the next line. You can never hear Sinatra breathing, it was one of his great tricks. I love internet gems like these so if you know of any or come across one on your web travels please share them here. View link
Album: September of My Years (1965)
Posted: 9th August 2016 @ 9:52 am
I've written four books and each one was dedicated to one of the people in this photograph. I'm about to finish my fifth and I've run out of family. So who next...?
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